flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Definition of flabby

1 : lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid
2 : weak and ineffective : feeble

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Other Words from flabby

flabbily \ ˈfla-​bə-​lē How to pronounce flabbily (audio) \ adverb
flabbiness \ ˈfla-​bē-​nəs How to pronounce flabbiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flabby


mushy, pulpy, soft, spongy, squashy, squishy, squooshy


firm, hard, solid

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Examples of flabby in a Sentence

his daughter playfully poked at his flabby belly

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Body soft and flabby, right arm and leg raised and flailing, the satyr tosses back his head in a broad grin. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: Getty Villa’s ‘Buried by Vesuvius’ is exquisite and, at times, explicit," 3 July 2019 Breads are flabby and underbaked, while an order of gulab jamun (picture syrup-swollen doughnut holes) induces sugar shock. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Bombay Velvet in Reston, fine aspirations with an uneven start," 7 June 2019 The French company had a large collection of power plants that GE would run more efficiently and a flabby global workforce that GE would slash. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 There’s a lot to recommend in both: Orléans is tighter but so light on theme as to feel impersonal, while Altiplano has enough charm to carry it through its flabbier moments, and its bag-building core still feels unique. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018 The pork ribs went all fall-apart flabby beneath a smart, shiny bark ($13.49 a pound). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que," 13 July 2018 Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 Conservative voices grew emboldened after Merkel’s flabby showing in last year’s election. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 The lettuce is plentiful, the tomato abysmal (crunchy and pale), the flabby, fatty bacon assuredly not worth the $3.50 upcharge. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "I just ate IHOb’s new burger. Here’s how it was," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of flabby

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flabby

alteration of flappy

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flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Kids Definition of flabby

: not hard and firm flabby arms

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness noun


flab·​by | \ ˈflab-ē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Medical Definition of flabby

: lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness \ ˈflab-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce flabbiness (audio) \ noun

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